OMD prep History of Modern
Having recently been name checked by the cream of dour faced dance music in James Murphy and The XX, the time seems about right for iconic UK synth pop act Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark to drop the news of their first new album in 14 years.
Scheduled for released on October 4 through 100% Records, the appropriately entitled History Of Modern has been proclaimed by band member Andy McCluskey as their strongest work since the classic Architecture & Morality dropped in 1981.
Big words from McCluskey, but with the original OMD line-up involved and in demand producer Mike Crossey (responsible for the sonic boom on music from Arctic Monkeys, Blood Red Shoes and erm Razorlight) employed on the mix down, History of Modern promises a mixture of future synth pop classics in the ilk of Enola Gay and more down tempo moments that can only be described as quintessential OMD.
In what has become a standard appetite whetting ploy, OMD fans can also get a taste of what expect via a demo version of album track ‘Sister Marie Says’ from the bands website.
A Europe wide tour beckons for OMD this Autumn subsequent to the release of History of Modern with Andy McCluskey, Paul Humphreys, Martin Cooper and Malcolm Holmes having fine-tuned the show to segue perfectly betwixt OMD old and new to create a distinctly contemporary event.
The dates are as follows:
Oct 29th – Brighton Dome
Oct 31st – Bristol Colston Hall
Nov 1st – Nottingham Royal Centre
Nov 2nd – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Nov 4 – Liverpool Arena
Nov 5th – Ipswich Regent Theatre
Nov 7th – London Hammersmith Apollo
Nov 8th – Birmingham Symphony Hall
Nov 11th – Cologne E-work
Nov 12th – Hannover Capitol
Nov 13th – Leipzig Haus Auensee
Nov 15th – Stuttgart theatrehaus
Nov 16th – Munich Tonhalle
Nov 18th – Berlin Tempoddrom
Nov 19th – Hamburg Docks
Nov 22nd – Brussels Ancienne Belgique
Nov 23rd – Amsterdam Paradiso